The capital of Rajasthan is a highly developed metropolitan city and there are numerous fascinating places to visit in Jaipur. Buses, autorickshaws, and taxi services plying throughout the city making commuting easier, fun and cheap.
Jaipur also offers visitors metro connectivity. However, the metro connects only a few locales within the city.
There are high chances that you will encounter heavy traffic in Jaipur. Hence, indulging in talks and discussions with humble and friendly locals is one of the best ways to while away the time while you are stuck in traffic.
Built-in the 17th century, the foundations of the city were laid by Raja Jai Singh II. Vidyadhar Bhattacharya, a noted architect, was assigned the task of planning the city.
Moreover, in the year 1876, on the occasion of Prince Albert’s visit to Jaipur in 1876, the then king, Maharaja Sawai Ram Singh, ordered that the entire city should be painted red. However, due to the dearth of red paint, the painters in consultation with the king decided to paint the city pink.
An essential part of the Golden Triangle, which also includes Delhi and Agra, one can get to the city through buses, trains or aeroplanes. Doused in hues of pink, travellers can feel the entire city chiming “padharo mhare des” to them.
Sojourning with Wonders of Jaipur
Out of the few engaging places to visit in Jaipur, visiting the city’s palaces, forts, temples and museums is of utmost importance. So, here is a list of places that a trip to Jaipur must include-
Sitting atop a small hill, Amer Fort was built by the local tribe, Meenas in the 967 CE. Later changes were made by Rajput rulers, who took over the palace. Located far from the main city, one can get here by hiring an auto-rickshaw or a cab.
Overlooking the Maota Lake, this architectural splendour was constructed using pale yellow-pink sandstone along with white marbles.
With their detailed and precise etchings, attractions such as Siladevi Temple, Diwan-e-aam, Sukh Niwas and the Sheesh Mahal captivates the tourists.
Attending the famous light and sound show of the Palace that takes place after 7 P.M. is one of the most essential places to visit in Jaipur.
This fort has been recognised as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. Do you know why?
Reflecting the city’s past, the fort was built in the early 18th century by Sawai Jai Singh II. Also known as the “Fort of Victory”, this fort was built to protect Amer Fort. Stairs and tunnels connecting Jaigarh Fort to Amer Palace are available for usage by tourists.
Jaiban, the world’s largest mobile cannon has been placed in this fort. According to some locals the royalty had buried treasure underneath this fort which was seized by the Rajasthan government in the 1970s.
Located on the head of ‘Cheel ka Teela’ hills, travellers can see the city of Jaipur from this fort. Travellers can get here by hiring a cab or an auto-rickshaw.
Sitting atop the Aravali hills, Nahargarh Fort was built in 1734 by Raja Sawai Jai Singh II. Its bastions were built to protect Jaipur.
According to older stories, the construction of the palace was hindered by the ghost of the dead prince, Nahar Singh Bhomia. Hence, a temple was built within the palace in order to appease the ghost.
In the late 19th century Madhavendra Bhawan, a central attraction, was built by Sawai Madho Singh II in order to convert the fort into a recreational withdrawal. In the 1940s the last king of Jaipur, Sawai Man Singh II, decided to shift his capital to Moti Dungri resulting in Nahargarh Fort to be abandoned.
However, with the opening up of restaurant Once Upon a Time in 2015, Wax museum in 2016 and Sculpture Park in 2017, Nahargarh regained its lost fame.
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Sitting amidst the centre of Man Sagar Lake, the Jal Mahal was built in the 1750s. This pink sandstone Rajputana architectural marvel was built on the orders of Maharaja Madho Singh. Surrounded by Nahargarh hills the Palace was to serve as a duck hunting lodge for the king and his associates.
Currently, only the first floor of the palace appears above water while the other four remain submerged. Travellers are not allowed to go inside the fort but during monsoon, travellers can get on boats rowed by locals if they want to have a glimpse of the Palace from a distance.
During the evening’s people start swarming here to enjoy street food and to glance at the beauty of this place. Among other fascinating places to visit in Jaipur clicking photographs near the Jal Mahal is a must.
Located near the junction of Jaipur’s main road, Badi Chaupad, Hawa Mahal consists of 953 jharokhas. It was built in 1799 with the intent of allowing women of the royal court, who observed purdah, to have a glimpse of the activities taking place on the Johari Bazaar, without being observed by others.
Also known as the “Palace of the Winds”, this five storey building looks like a honeycomb from the outside. It is the tallest building in the world that does not have a foundation. Its pyramidal and curved structure give it the strength to stay firm for centuries.
This building is a blend of Rajput and Islamic architectural designs. This pink and red sandstone building was built in dedication to Lord Krishna and it must include your list of places to visit in Jaipur.
In 2010, with being listed as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO, Jantar Mantar became the first archaeological site of Rajasthan to make it to the list. Jantar Mantar is the world’s largest astronomical observatory built with the purpose of making observations about time and space.
Jantar Mantar was built by the scholarly king Raja Sawai Jai Singh and its construction was complete by the year 1734. The nineteen instruments within the observatory exemplify the architectural and scientific innovations inspired by different social beliefs during the 18th century.
Though no longer used as a science centre, the site continues to be maintained as a monument and educational tours, guided trips, light and sound shows are organised here. For astronomers, scientists, architects and historians Visiting this observatory are one of the most mandatory places to visit in Jaipur.
Brain Teaser – This place houses the largest sundial in the world. Do you know its name?
There are many other places that you must visit on your trip to Jaipur. A few honourable mentions would be –
- City Palace
- Albert Hall Central Museum
- Govind Devji Temple
- Zoological Garden
While visiting all these places don’t forget to spoil yourself by shopping around in local markets. Names of some famous local markets are-
- Johari Bazar – This market offers travellers the opportunity to buy the traditional Rajasthani jewellery, Jaipuri quilt, and traditional clothing items.
- Bapu Bazar – This market showcases famous Rajasthani handicraft items, mojari shoes, products made from camel’s leather, and multi-coloured cotton cloth.
- Tripolia Bazar – If you are looking for famous Jaipuri rugs and carpets, Tripolia Bazar is the place for you. You can also buy lac-bangles and brass wares from this market.
A visit to these markets is an essential thing to do among places to visit in Jaipur.
Among the most necessary things to do in Jaipur savouring few Rajasthani delicacies is a must. Listing a few favourites, I would recommend that Ghewar, Dal Bati Churma, Gatte ki Sabzi, Lal Maas and Pyaz ki Kachori shouldn’t be missed on. Local restaurants in Jaipur are excellent at concocting the flavours of authentic Rajasthani food.
There are a few things that every tourist should keep in mind before he makes a list of places to visit in Jaipur. On your trip to palaces, museums and temples in Jaipur please make sure that you hire a guide in order to have a better understanding of the place.
Further don’t drink unpackaged water as it might give you a stomach ache. Make sure that you do check the weather before packing for the trip.
Before concluding this list of places to visit in Jaipur, here’s a brain teaser for you – In which fort of Jaipur were some parts of the movie Bhool Bhulayia shot?
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